For students who don’t “just read” on their own for fun, an accountability tool is often the push that is needed to get them invested. Any accountability tool, however, is not meant to be painful for the students to complete. The grade accountability keeps most avoidant readers at least somewhat engaged.
These reading journals can be used for that easy accountability piece.
Students write for 5 minutes each day after their in-class reading. Pre-printed journals give students opportunities for quick reflection on what they have read that day or about the progress of the characters and plot up to that point. These journals have a variety of writing prompts and activities which give students choice over their writing reflections.